MPSA sponsors many awards for outstanding research presented at the annual conference and an award for the best article published in each volume of the American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). Nominations are made by conference chairs, discussants, and section heads after the conference and awards committees select the winning papers. The following awards will be presented for research presented at the 2019 conference:

Flagship Awards

Pi Sigma Alpha Award
A $250 award for the best paper presented at the annual MPSA conference. Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Nomination pool will consist of papers selected for the field awards. Nomination pool will consist of papers selected for the field awards.

Govern the Ungoverned: How State Presence Leads to Civil Conflict
Luwei Ying, Washington University in St. Louis

Award Committee: Brad Gomez, Florida State University (Chair); Caroline Tolbert, University of Iowa; Rachel Bowen, Ohio State University; Virginia Oliveros, Tulane University; Hannah Alarian, University of Florida

AJPS Best Article Award (co-winners)
A $1,000 award for the best article appearing in the volume of the American Journal of Political Science publish ed in the year preceding the conference. All published articles in this timeframe will be considered.

Social Networks and Protest Participation: Evidence from 130 Million Twitter Users
Jennifer M. Larson, Vanderbilt University
Jonathan Nagler, New York University
Jonathan Ronen, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Joshua A. Tucker, New York University

Descriptive and Substantive Representation in Congress: Evidence from 80,000 Congressional Inquiries
Kenneth Lowande, University of Michigan
Melinda Ritchie, University of California, Riverside
Erinn Lauterbach, University of California, Riverside

Award Committee: Jonathan Andrew Rodden, Stanford University (Chair); Daniel Kono, University of California Davis; Jessica Rich, Marquette University; Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Rice University; Kendall Funk, Arizona State University

Field Awards

Best Paper in American Politics
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of American politics.

Their Economic Pain, Our Emotional Gain? How Punishing the Rich Motivates Concerns about Inequality
H. Hannah Nam, Stony Brook University
Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University
Samuel Jens, Stony Brook University

Award Committee: Nate Monroe, University of California-Merced (Chair); Samara Klar, University of Arizona;
Vanessa Baird, University of Colorado-Boulder

Best Paper in International Relations
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of international relations.

Govern the Ungoverned: How State Presence Leads to Civil Conflict
Luwei Ying, Washington University in St. Louis

Award Committee: Benjamin Appel, Michigan State (Chair); Jacqueline DeMeritt, University of North Texas;
Christina Cliff, Franklin Pierce University

Best Paper in Political Behavior
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political behavior.

Their Economic Pain, Our Emotional Gain? How Punishing the Rich Motivates Concerns about Inequality
H. Hannah Nam, Stony Brook University
Yanna Krupnikov, Stony Brook University
Samuel Jens, Stony Brook University

Award Committee: Lily Mason, University of Maryland, College Park (Chair); Rosario Aguilar-Pariente,
Newcastle University; Camille Burge, Villanova University

Evan Ringquist Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of political institutions.

Democracy Thrives in Secret? Ballot Reform and Representation in the United States
Daniel J. Moskowitz, University of Chicago
Jon C. Rogowski, Harvard University

Award Committee: Wendy Hansen, University of New Mexico (Chair); Benjamin Bricker, Southern Illinois University; Eric Magar, ITAMKellogg/Notre Dame Award
A $250 award for the best paper in comparative politics.

From Religious Violence to Political Compromise: The Historical Origins of Institutional Trust
Isabela Mares, Yale University
Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed, Columbia University

Award Committee: Tiffany Barnes, University of Kentucky (Chair); Guillermo Rosas, Washington University St. Louis; Stephen Bloom, Southern Illinois University

Kenneth J. Meier Award
A $250 award for the best paper in bureaucratic politics, public administration, or public policy.

Bureaucratic Responsiveness to LGBT Americans
Kenneth Lowande, University of Michigan
Andrew Proctor, University of Minnesota

Award Committee: Rachel Potter, University of Virginia (Chair); Sharece Thrower, Vanderbilt University; Manuel Teodoro, Texas A&M University

Review of Politics Award
A $250 award for the best paper in normative political theory.

The Scale of Social Tyranny: Public Shaming and Social Norms
Harrison Frye, University of Georgia

Award Committee: Alexander Kirshner, Duke University (Chair); Joshua Dienstag, UCLA; Lorraine McCrary, Wabash College

Robert H. Durr Award
A $250 award for the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem.

Do International Employment Opportunities Impact Individuals’ Political Preferences and Behavior?
Nikhar Gaikwad, Columbia University
Kolby Hanson, Columbia University
Aliz Toth, Stanford University

Award Committee: David Bateman, Cornell University (Chair); Tom Nelson, Ohio State University; Wendy Tam Cho, University of Illinois

Subfield Awards

Lucius Barker Award 
A $250 award for the best paper on a topic investigating race or ethnicity and politics and honoring the spirit and work of Professor Barker.

The Politics of Skin Color: Measuring Public Opinion & Skin Tone Identity
Nicole Yadon, University of Michigan

Award Commitee: Taeku Lee, University of Berkeley (Chair); Valerie Martinez-Ebers, University of North Texas; Gabriel R. Sanchez, University of New Mexico; Christopher Sebastian Parker, University of Washington

Patrick J. Fett Award 
A $250 award for the best paper on the scientific study of Congress and the presidency.

Democracy Thrives in Secret? Ballot Reform and Representation in the United States
Daniel J. Moskowitz, University of Chicago
Jon C. Rogowski, Harvard University

Award Committee: Kenneth Lowande, University of Michigan (Chair); Scott Adler, University of Colorado Boulder; Gisela Sin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sophonisba Breckinridge Award
A $250 award for the best paper on the topic of women and politics.

Perceiving is Believing? Women’s Representation, Perception & Feelings of Political Efficacy
Katelyn E. Stauffer, University of South Carolina

Award Committee: Julia Hellwege, University of South Dakota (Chair); Liza Mugge, University of Amsterdam; Erin Cassese, University of Delaware

Richard E. Matland Award 
A $250 award for the best paper by an emerging scholar in representation, elections, or voting. Author (or lead author) is an untenured faculty member or graduate student.

Understanding and Reducing Biases in Elite Beliefs About the Electorate
Miguel Maria Pereira, Washington University in St. Louis

Award Committee: Mandi Bailey, Valdosta State University (Chair); Jesse Rhodes, University of Massachusetts; Thessalia Merivaki, Mississippi State University

Career Stage Awards

Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar
A $250 award for the best paper, regardless of field of topic, by a scholar or scholars who has or have received the terminal degree(s) within six years of the year in which the paper was presented.

Empowering Decisions? Gendered Effect of Direct Democracy on Political Efficacy 
Jeong Hyun Kim, Louisiana State University

Award Committee: Michael Jones-Correa, University of Pennsylvania (Chair); Noam Gidron, Hebrew University – Jerusalem; Rachel Ellett, Beloit College

Best Paper by a Graduate Student Award
A $250 award for best paper delivered by a graduate student.

The Social Contagion of Party Membership in Chile
Cameron Sells, University of California San Diego

Award Committee: Barry Burden, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Chair); Sibel Oktay, University of Illinois-Springfield; Melissa Rogers, Claremont Graduate School

Best Paper by an Undergraduate Student Award (co-winners)
A $250 award for the best paper delivered by an undergraduate.

Identifying Logics of Violence in the Spatial Distribution of Brazilian Prison Gang Attacks
Silvia Moreno, University of Chicago

How Characteristics of Members of the House of Representatives and the Political Environment Affect the Use of Political Attacks on Twitter
Jacob Sargent, Clemson University
Spencer Shellnutt, Clemson University
Nicholas Deas, Clemson University

Award Committee: Mark Miller, Clark University (Chair); Carl Palmer, Illinois State; Daniel Chand, Kent State

Herbert Simon Award
A $500 award for a scholar who has made a significant contribution to the scientific study of bureaucracy. Submissions are handled by the Midwest Caucus on Policy Administration.

Anthony Bertelli, Bocconi University; Pennsylvania State University

Award Committee: Midwest Caucus for Public Administration